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Award for using AI and spectroscopy to increase waste-to-energy production

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A US group is developing a technology combining AI and spectroscopy, to analyze municipal solid waste in-situ and in real-time – a cost- and time-effective approach that they say could pave the way to increased waste-to-bioenergy production.

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Seaweed: a model solution for fighting climate change, says group

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A new paper published in Nature Sustainability presents seaweed as a model solution for tackling climate change, biodiversity loss, joblessness, hunger and environmental damage.


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Waste no more: Aggregates supplier scores first in securing circular accreditation in Scotland

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A Lanarkshire-based company is the first in Scotland to secure ‘end-of-waste’ status for its low carbon aggregates.

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Net zero by 2050 is “too little too late”: Scientists make a case for net negative strategies

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A view of the city of Manaus (on the other side of the river) in the Brazilian Amazon, through a flooded area on the edge of the Rio Negro (image credit: International Monetary Fund , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license ).

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Adding fuel to the fire? Report further establishes destructive influence of biomass method

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A pilot BECCS project has been running at the Drax power plant in North Yorkshire since October 2018.

Earth observation images reveal extent of ferocious forest fires in Siberia

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Stunning satellite images depict the recent gigantic infernos that devastated one of the coldest areas on the planet. Last month fires burning across Siberia – known for its cold and harsh winters – were said to be bigger than all the fires burning across the globe combined.

Urban wood burning is soaring, with 18,000 complaints but only 3 fines

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Image credit: Demetri Dourambeis , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license. New research from campaign group Mums for Lungs appears to reveal a failure to tackle wood smoke pollution in the UK.

Small businesses contribute a third of UK emissions, but are laggards in the net zero race

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Image credit: Nenad Stojkovic , CC BY 2.0 license.

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Chalk streams should be given enhanced status, says strategy document

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The River Purwell in Walsworth Common, Hitchin, Hertfordshire (image credit: Peter O’Connor aka anemoneprojectors , CC BY-SA 2.0 license). A new Chalk Stream Restoration Strategy , published on 15 October, calls for chalk streams in England to be given enhanced environmental status.

Sewage pollution makes popular Oxford bathing site unsafe after rainfall, say researchers

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Geese grazing in Port Meadown, Oxford (image credit: Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. , CC BY-NC 2.0 license). Sewage pollution is raising bacteria levels in Oxford’s popular swimming spots to unsafe levels after rainfall, new research appears to find.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Academic paper highlights AD’s current and future carbon footprint

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Bath University’s recent paper identifies the potential for GHG emissions savings from biogas utilisation. In Wiltshire, Malaby Biogas’s Bore Hill Farm Biodigester was the case study in a research project published by Bath University and supported by Supergen Bioenergy Hub.

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Green light for path to UK’s first ‘electric motorway’

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Through Innovate UK, DfT has commissioned a consortium to assess the economic and technical potential of the UK’s first ‘eHighway’. The study is part of the UK government’s plan to reach zero net emissions for heavy road freight. It aims to demonstrate the technology is ready for a national roll-out.

Government has failed to tackle fast fashion, despite the problem worsening, says report

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A woman demonstrates against fast fashion (image credit: Stefan Müller (climate stuff) , CC BY 2.0 license ).

‘Stressed’ trees share resources to overcome environmental challenges

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A length of steel pipe and a heart monitor are the unlikely tools underpinning new research which suggests that trees may work together to form resource-sharing networks, helping the group collectively overcome environmental challenges.

Recycling e-waste should be a legal requirement in the EU, says report

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Recovering the critical raw materials residing within electronic waste will require investment, and a legal framework to incentivise this will be essential, say the authors (image credit: Steve Janosik , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license).

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Report reveals major climate risks to global food trade

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Image credit: Ian Taylor/Unsplash. A new report from Stockholm Environment Institute reveals in detail the climate risks to global trade in major agricultural commodities – and concludes that they constitute a serious global challenge.

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Survey identifies significant micro plastic pollution on summit of Snowdon

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Image credit: Phil Ross , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license. Geoscience technology firm CGG has conducted a microplastics pollution survey as part of a scoping study into whether it would be possible to create a “Plastic Free zone” on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon).

Facility to process hard-to-recycle plastic items will open in Fife

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A state-of-the-art facility to allow the recycling of flexible plastics is to open in Glenrothes, Fife.

World’s most powerful tidal turbine launches in Dundee

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What looks set to be the world’s most powerful operational tidal turbine was launched on Earth Day, Thursday 22 April, from the port of Dundee. The 2MW tidal turbine, the Orbital O2, has been under construction since 2019 and it was developed by Scottish firm Orbital Marine Power (Orbital).

UN: Pandemic causes dip in building emissions, but long-term outlook bleak

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The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic caused CO2 emissions from buildings and construction to fall significantly in 2020, but a lack of real transformation in the sector means that emissions will keep rising and contribute to dangerous climate change, according to the 2021 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction.

Mobile technology firm launches IoT offering for the water industry

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Mobile technology firm Vodafone has launched a new IoT-based product “to help water companies improve monitoring and detection systems, increase efficiency, reduce wastage, and meet regulatory requirements.”

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Colonial Pipeline: Details emerge of landmark cyber-security breach

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A tank farm facility for Colonial Pipeline outside Birmingham, Alabama, in 2007 (image credit: chapstickaddict , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license ).

Call for countries to support a moratorium on deep-sea mining

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Hoplostethus crassispinus is related to the Orange Roughy, or deep sea perch. A rule that will allow deep seabed mining to start, even though environmental protections are not in place, was triggered in late June, exposing the deep ocean to potentially serious harm.

Gas decarbonisation champions launch campaign at Westminster

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The DGA roadshow launch. Jon Saltmarsh (BEIS) and Chris Barron (DGA & Costain) with the Hyuandai hydrogen car.

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Rivers charity launches manifesto and urges river groups to unite ahead of COP26

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The River Kelvin in Glasgow (image credit: Tom Bastin , CC BY 2.0 license).

First of its kind study examines the impact of ocean noise pollution on Ireland’s marine life

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Ireland’s first real-time acoustic monitoring project of cetacean species (whales, dolphins and porpoise) was launched last week off the South Coast of Ireland, with the goal of creating a near real-time detection model for these species and examining the impact rising ocean noise pollution is having on Ireland’s marine life.

Treat climate change and biodiversity loss as one, says European science advisory group

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Driving through Douglas County Nevada on 16 July 2021, as smoke from the Tamarack fire in nearby Alpine County becomes visible on the horizon (image credit: loren chipman , CC BY-NC 2.0 license ). The recent IPCC Report confirms that global warming is picking up pace.

Microplastics from textiles damage lung cells, finds study

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Microplastics from textiles may inhibit the lung’s ability to repair damage caused by conditions such as COVID-19, according to research findings released on 24 February.

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Following updates to the Ecodesign Directive in July this year, which revised the regulations governing the energy efficiency requirements of new electric motors, the Association for Electrical and Mechanical Trades ( AEMT ) has published an?easy-to-use easy-to-use reference?explaining

All but two of Scotland’s offshore marine ‘protected’ areas are paper parks

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Data shows over 44,000 hours of fishing with bottom-towed gear in Scotland’s Marine Protected Area network in 2020.

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MIT group uses graphene foam to filter uranium from water

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Image credit: CORE-Materials , CC BY-SA 2.0 license. Some kinds of water pollution, such as algal blooms and plastics that foul rivers, lakes, and marine environments, lie in plain sight. But other contaminants are not so readily apparent, which makes their impact potentially more dangerous.

Vision set out for “digital revolution that will fundamentally change UK motorways”

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An automated cone laying machine that has been developed through National Highways’ innovation fund.

Student competition showcases innovative designs to reconnect people with nature

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Environmental charity Hubbub has announced the winners of its 2021 sustainable design competition for students, Design By Nature.

ESA and NASA join forces in a bid to better understand climate change

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To address climate change, decision-makers need accurate information on how our world is changing now, and also what may happen in the future.

Researchers demonstrate using bacteria to recover metals from EV batteries

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A group at Coventry University say they have demonstrated a process for recovering all of the metals inside, using a process called bioleaching. Bioleaching, also known as bio-mining, employs microbes to oxidise metals.

Biomass power generation: A technology for the energy transition only?

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Victoria Judd, a lawyer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, considers the sustainability credentials of biomass, and what this bodes for its future.

The challenge of meeting zero waste targets in land remediation

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Is a remediated site a clean site? Amy Jones, Associate Director with environmental engineering firm Idom Merebrook, considers the challenges of meeting zero waste targets when recycling land for development.

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Collaboration to harness EV batteries to help balance the grid

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Partnership will implement “the UK’s biggest Virtual Power Plant” Energy company SSE and electric vehicle (EV) smart charging service provider Jedlix have signed a deal that they say will deliver grid balancing services from EVs, harnessing smart charging technology to better manage grid supply and demand.

Water industry “shifting to outcome-based strategy”

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Hornsey water treatment works, operated by Thames Water (image credit: diamond geezer , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license ).

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Public debate on water pollution “oversimplified”, believes expert panel

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The rise of citizen science is placing increasing pressure on water companies to improve their environmental performance and protect river and bathing water quality.

Local Leaders and mayors call for power shift to meet net zero

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Local leaders gathered in Birmingham on 13 July (image credit: Mac McCreery , CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license ). A communiqué signed by UK mayors and local leaders calls for a ‘power shift’ from Whitehall so that local and regional authorities can deliver Net Zero.